Harris County - The 1307 Jail Inmate Mail

Harris County - The 1307 Jail Inmate Mail

When mailing a letter or postcard to an inmate, please address your mail as follows:

Inmate's First and Last Name
1307 Baker Street
Houston, TX 77002

All mail sent to an inmate at the Harris County - The 1307 Jail must include the sender's name and mailing address in the top left corner of the envelope or postcard.

Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and your letter destroyed.

Main Phone: 713-755-5300

The information below provides complete instructions regarding:

  • Harris County - The 1307 Jail Inmate Mail Policies,
  • Mail Instructions,
  • What type of mail is NOT allowed,
  • Rules for Mailing Letters and Photos and Postcards
  • Emailing an inmate,
  • Policies for Sending Magazines, Newspapers, Books and Packages to Harris County - The 1307 Jail in Houston, Texas.

Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate receives his/her mail and not have it thrown away.

The Harris County - The 1307 Jail has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.

Type of Mail Allowed for Harris County - The 1307 Jail

Postcards & Letters

The Harris County - The 1307 Jail allows inmates to receive letters and postcards. 

Your letter should be handwritten. Computer printed letters might be rejected as photocopied images.

Postcards can be purchased already stamped (Pre-metered) or you can send those that you put stamps on. (Stamps are removed before the inmate receives the postcard or letter).  

Both letters and postcards are rejected by staff if altered in any way including: lipstick marks, perfumed, stickers or glue.

Rejected mail is thrown away and the inmate will not receive it.

Envelopes

The Harris County - The 1307 Jail allows inmates to receive mailed letters in envelopes. Staff members will inspect all incoming and outgoing mail for contraband or other issues, including certain phrases, security risks etc.

To confirm that the Harris County - The 1307 Jail still allows letters in envelopes call 713-755-5300 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions by going here.

Newspapers

This facility allows inmates to receive newspaper subscriptions as long as they are mailed directly from the publisher.  Each inmate is can have a combination of four newspaper/magazine subscriptions at a time.

The inmate must request and receive permission from the jail to receive newspaper subscriptions before the first one is received.

Magazines

This facility allows inmates to receive newspaper subscriptions as long as they are mailed directly from the publisher.  Each inmate is can have a combination of four newspaper/magazine subscriptions at a time. They cannot cannot contain pornographic images or nude photos.

The inmate must request and receive permission from the jail to receive magazine subscriptions before the first one is received.

Books

Softcover books can be sent to inmates as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher or approved online vendor such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble. There is a limit of four books in an inmate’s possession at any given time.

Books must NOT contain images or content considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Harris County - The 1307 Jail standards will be disposed of.

Hard cover books will not be accepted by the jail due to their potential to be used as a weapon.

The inmate must request and receive permission from the jail to receive books before the first one is mailed.

 

All incoming mail must include:

  • Sender’s first and last name and complete address
  • The complete name of the inmate that was used for booking.
  • Inmate’s SPN number
  • Inmate’s housing facility
  • Inmate’s cell block location

Mail it to:

Harris County Sheriff’s Office

Inmate first and last name – SPN number

Housing facility and cell block location

1307 Baker Street

Houston, Texas  77002

 

Care packages

Care packages are pre-chosen items packaged together and sent to the inmate from a third-party vendor. They can include clothing, snacks and seasonal items.

When a jail allows the inmate to receive Care Packages they must come directly from an approved company that specializes in serving the inmates of jails.

Call 713-755-5300 or click here or here to see if the Harris County - The 1307 Jail participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.

Exchanging Emails with an Inmate in Harris County - The 1307 Jail

Since Harris County - The 1307 Jail contracts with GTL ConnectNetwork, they either already or will soon provide you and your inmate the ability to use their Messaging Service to send and receive electronic messages.

Depending on the facility, inmates can either view messages from you by:

Viewing it on a device at the jail,

Viewing it on a Kiosk in their unit,

Print it out, and/or

Respond electronically.

 

How do I pay for the GTL Inmate Messaging Service at Harris County - The 1307 Jail?

GTL lets you pay for inmate messaging services:

- Online,

- Over the Phone,

- Using a Kiosk at Harris County - The 1307 Jail,

- By US Mail, and

- Depositing Funds at Designated Retail Stores.

 

How much does it cost to send and receive messages?

Rates to send messages vary and are subject to change.

The typical cost is $1.00 per message, plus $1.00 per photo and $3.00 per 30 second video.

 

How does GTL Inmate Messaging work?

Step 1

Confirm the current GTL Message service options at Harris County - The 1307 Jail.

Step 2

Sign in or create an account to make a deposit.

Step 3

Add your phone number(s), information and Facility(ies)

Step 4

Fund Account

Step 5

Send and receive messages 24/7

Step 6 (optional - additional fee)

Attach a photo and/or video to your messages (where available) using the iOS or Android mobile app.

Get the iOS app

Get the Android app

How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate's First and Last Name
1307 Baker Street
Houston, TX 77002

All mail sent to an inmate at the Harris County - The 1307 Jail must include the senders name and mailing address in the top left corner of the envelope or postcard.

Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and discarded.

To confirm the mailing address and/or any new policies regarding inmate mail call 713-755-5300 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Mailed Items NOT Allowed

If your inmate is mailed anything other than a letter or postcard, it won't get through. .

Examples of prohibited items at this facility include:

Greeting cards

Envelopes (Other than properly addressed envelopes that contain letters or photos for the inmate)

 Pens

 Obscene pictures (Pictures depicting FULL or PARTIAL nudity)

 Pencils

 Perfumed letters

 Markers

 Packages

 Newspapers (Other than approved subscriptions)

Stickers

Cash or money orders

Food or personal hygiene items

Contraband

Stamps

Computer-generated materials downloaded from the Internet

 Photocopied images or facsimiles

Medicine

Call 713-755-5300 or click here for a complete list of prohibited items.

POLICIES REGARDING MAILING PHOTOS TO Harris County - The 1307 Jail

Photos should not exceed 5 X 7 inches.

Send no more than five photos at one time.

Prohibited items include:

Polaroid photos

Photos of weapons, drugs, alcohol or nudity

Photos of lewd behavior or people exhibiting too much skin is prohibited.

Call 713-755-5300 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.

Important Mail Tips

Mail is always scanned and inspected for contraband, obscenity and other rule infractions.

Assume that everything you write will be read by jail staff and can and will be used against you or your inmate in court.  

Never write anything about the inmate's court case you wouldn't want read aloud in court.

Mail is considered by the jail to be a privilege. Any violations of the mail policies can result in the inmate's mail privileges being suspended.

The introduction of contraband by you into the jail through the mail could result in criminal charges being filed against both you and the inmate.

Click here to view contact information for the Harris County - The 1307 Jail.

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